Laine "caves in castles on the hill, roasts the big name publishers (and so called liberal literary magazines as well) and discusses topics that are poisonous for new writers – unless they be young white males (and even there she has some pointers that are laugh out loud funny)."
--Hall of Fame Reviewer
"Eye opening guide...I was glad the Laine Cunningham wrote this book ... First, to expose this mentality. ... Second, the book was funny and encouraging to authors, even while talking about the brutal truth of being overlooked. If you're an author who has an "unusual" background, read this book. It will help you understand what you're up against."
"If you’re a reader, read this. If you’re an author, new or old, who is female or black or gay (or minority or LGBT or even a plain ol’ white guy – there’s stuff in there for you too), then you need to read this.
This book will take you on a journey that is so rip-roariously funny, so hilariously true, that you might only realize afterwards just how depressing it is. ...
As an author, I really appreciate Cunningham’s perspective. Her truths are my own, though I don’t have nearly the experience she has. The struggle is real, and Cunningham puts it all out there – raw and real and with a heaping helping of sarcasm to make it all go down a little easier.
But she doesn’t leave the reader on the floor. No, she encourages writers to write what they want. ... Only when the collective voices of the readers is loud enough, and the outcry against stereotypes strong enough can we hope to start to shift the dynamic."
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